It won't take more than a minute.
On March 24, Apple limited the possibility of contactless payment with Mir cards using iPhone and Apple Watch. New cards could not be added to Apple Pay, and already linked ones stopped working. But users have found an unusual way to re-link cards and use them for payment.
You must first put your iPhone in lost mode, and then restore access to your smartphone. To do this:
- Go to icloud.com and sign in with your iPhone account.
- Open the Find My iPhone section.
- In the list of available devices, select the desired smartphone and click on it.
- In the window that opens, select “Lost Mode”.
- Wait a few seconds until the “Lost Mode” label is displayed next to the device name .
After that, the iPhone will require you to enter your Apple ID password. You may also need to enter a code from another device if two-factor authentication is enabled.
After logging in, you will see notifications from Wallet about the successful addition of cards. Visa and Mastercard cannot be used for payments in stores, but payments go through Mir.
If you wish, you can repeat the same steps with Apple Watch so that contactless payment works on the watch too.
It is worth noting that this method will only work with previously added cards: it will no longer be possible to link a new one. Also, there is a chance that Apple will fix this workaround soon and it will also stop working, but at the time of publication, Lifehacker was able to confirm that it works.
Update: added in this way the cards stop working again after a few hours. The procedure can be repeated, and the cards will return, but also only for a while. This method will help out if you forgot the physical card at home, but is not suitable for permanent use.